January is Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month. We would like to remind you that while winter sports are fun, they can be dangerous, so taking the proper precautions can help you avoid injuries, like a TBI!
How does a TBI occur?
A TBI can occur when an external force impacts the brain. This can happen if you fall or are hit in the head with a hard object. In addition to winter sports, other aspects of winter weather, like icy walkways, can also increase risk of falls leading to TBIs.
What are the signs of a TBI?
- Nausea or vomiting
- Trouble with speech
- Blurry vision
How can I prevent a TBI?
- Wear protective gear, especially a helmet, when participating in winter sports.
- Move carefully over slippery surfaces.
- Be aware of changes in the weather that may affect roads and slopes.
If you suspect you or someone else has a TBI, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Getting fast treatment can reduce the chances of more serious complications.